Congratulations to academic librarians Ginny Blackson, Joy Bridwell, Nancy Daniel, and Terri Gallagher on being among the recipients of the 2018 I Love My Librarian Award. Selected from more than 1,000 nominations submitted by library users nationwide, the winning librarians were recognized for their leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning.
Each winning librarian received a $5,000 prize at an award ceremony and reception held on December 4 at the Carnegie Corporation of New York, which co-sponsors the award along with The New York Public Library and The New York Times. ALA administers the award through its Communications and Marketing Office, which promotes the value of libraries and librarians.
Ginny Blackson, Collection Development and Management Librarian, Central Washington University James E. Brooks Library, Ellensburg, Washington
Ginny was recognized for spearheading numerous projects that have moved library services into new and exciting areas with a concerted focus on inclusion and diversity, including the creation of the Family Friendly Space for library users with young children. She was instrumental in obtaining a Pride Foundation grant resulting in the acquisition of library materials covering LGBTQ issues.
Joy Bridwell, Librarian, Stone Child College, Box Elder, Montana
Joy was commended for her work at Stone Child College, which is located on a tribal reservation and serves as an academic and public library for the community of Rocky Boy. She has sat on several committees and held events that have brought thousands of patrons into the library. Some of these events have been so popular that they have become annual events. One event, the “Rocky Boy’s Got Talent” contest, brought in 150 people with 34 participants
Nancy Daniel, Library Director, Western Piedmont Community College, Morganton, North Carolina
Nancy was commended for her work at the college’s rural Appalachian campus. She works on the frontlines with students to develop their research skills, showing them how to evaluate sources online. Students say Daniel shows boundless support, making sure they have a safe environment that facilitates learning. She works with staff to keep a cart stocked with non-perishable food and toiletries in the library for the college’s lower-income community members.
Terri Gallagher, Reference Librarian, Community College of Beaver County Library, Monaca, Pennsylvania
Recognized for her commitment to students and staff, Terri plays an active role in library and classroom activities, including conducted 238 classes, ranging from orientations for CCBC High School Academies to evidence-based research training for nursing majors. She also co-sponsors and supports various student clubs and campus committees, such as the Writer’s Club and Diversity Committee, and she regularly provides training opportunities for faculty through convocation presentations and other professional development events.